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Attempting to revive her career, Ivy heads to Greenbrier, South Carolina, to model wedding dresses. Her future rests with mysterious photographer Davis Knight, who gave up his New York studio to work maintenance at a local church. His decision calls into question everything Ivy has ever wanted. Could there be another meaning to the word "beauty"? 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601425902
ISBN-13: 9781601425904
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Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
 
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

Author Bio

Christy Award finalist, Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. She lives in Iowa with her handsome husband, their dinosaur-loving son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption, which she and her husband hope to complete sometime before they are fifty.

Endorsements

"Both beautifully written and honestly told, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is captivating! Faith is the resounding heartbeat of this poignant story, but Ganshert also breathes to life a tender romantic tale and a powerful inner journey as soothing as sweet tea on a hot summer day." - DENISE HUNTER, best-selling author of Dancing with Fireflies

"In A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Katie Ganshert writes her most compelling novel yet, where imaginary characters seem to step off the pages. Readers will embrace both Ivy and Davis as they struggle with who they are and who they want to be. The story lingers with you after you close the book, like a melody you want to listen to again and again." - BETH K. VOGT, author of Catch a Falling Star and Somebody Like You

"A Broken Kind of Beautiful is beautifully written and populated with characters that tugged at my heart from the first page. This story is about The Story-the best story of history-that of God's redeeming grace and pursuing love. I found it moving, inspiring, and wholly satisfying. Another Katie Ganshert novel for my keeper shelf!" - BECKY WADE, author of Meant to Be Mine

"Ganshert's fresh, riveting novel of shattered dreams, second chances, and true love is one that will capture readers' hearts and refuse to let them go. This story reveals the deep truth that we can trust our fractured hearts to the God who specializes in mosaic tiles-the One who formed the universe from words and man from dust, and who has no trouble figuring out how to bring beauty from the broken." - BETSY ST. AMANT, author of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

"Katie Ganshert has created characters so real, my heart ached for them as I longed to know them more and soothe the hurts in their pasts. The truth threaded through the pages is one to savor, as is this story of a journey from brokenness to redeemed beauty." - CARA PUTMAN, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace

"Katie Ganshert's A Broken Kind of Beautiful is poignant, heartfelt fiction at its finest-a gentle story of hope and healing wrapped in the kind of romance that keeps the reader turning pages. I love the emotional depth, lyrical writing, and strong sense of place. Most of all, I love that days after closing the book, the characters are still alive in my head." - MELISSA TAGG, author of Made to Last and Here to Say

"With a setting that becomes its own kind of character, a tender romance and soul-stirring symbolism, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a shining example of how God's grace can restore the brokenness in our lives. Her gorgeous writing voice pulled me in from the first page and kept me thinking about her characters after the story ended. Katie's novels are to be savored and enjoyed again and again." - LISA JORDAN, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Broken Kind of Beautiful

"Both beautifully written and honestly told, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is captivating! Faith is the resounding heartbeat of this poignant story, but Ganshert also breathes to life a tender romantic tale and a powerful inner journey as soothing as sweet tea on a hot summer day."
—Denise Hunter, best-selling author of Dancing with Fireflies

"In A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Katie Ganshert writes her most compelling novel yet, where imaginary characters seem to step off the pages. Readers will embrace both Ivy and Davis as they struggle with who they are and who they want to be. The story lingers with you after you close the book, like a melody you want to listen to again and again."
—Beth K. Vogt, author of Catch a Falling Star and Somebody Like You

"A Broken Kind of Beautiful is beautifully written and populated with characters that tugged at my heart from the first page. This story is about The Story—the best story of history—that of God’s redeeming grace and pursuing love. I found it moving, inspiring, and wholly satisfying. Another Katie Ganshert novel for my keeper shelf!"
—Becky Wade, author of Meant to Be Mine

"Ganshert’s fresh, riveting novel of shattered dreams, second chances, and true love is one that will capture readers’ hearts and refuse to let them go. This story reveals the deep truth that we can trust our fractured hearts to the God who specializes in mosaic tiles—the One who formed the universe from words and man from dust, and who has no trouble figuring out how to bring beauty from the broken."
—Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

"Katie Ganshert has created characters so real, my heart ached for them as I longed to know them more and soothe the hurts in their pasts. The truth threaded through the pages is one to savor, as is this story of a journey from brokenness to redeemed beauty."
—Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace

"Katie Ganshert’s A Broken Kind of Beautiful is poignant, heartfelt fiction at its finest—a gentle story of hope and healing wrapped in the kind of romance that keeps the reader turning pages. I love the emotional depth, lyrical writing, and strong sense of place. Most of all, I love that days after closing the book, the characters are still alive in my head."
—Melissa Tagg, author of Made to Last and Here to Say

"With a setting that becomes its own kind of character, a tender romance and soul-stirring symbolism, A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a shining example of how God’s grace can restore the brokenness in our lives. Her gorgeous writing voice pulled me in from the first page and kept me thinking about her characters after the story ended. Katie’s novels are to be savored and enjoyed again and again."
—Lisa Jordan, award-winning author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family

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  1. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sometimes we need to be broken to find our inner beauty
    July 27, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Broken Kind of Beautiful

    By Katie Ganshert

    I have never read Katie Ganshert's books before A Broken Kind of Beautiful. I needed to pick a new book for review through the Blogging for Books program and so I figured I give this book a try. I am so glad I did. A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a book that really touches one's heart. I spent Saturday afternoon reading this book and didn't want to put it down.

    Ivy Clark has spent her life wanting her father's love, but now it is too late. She has no more chances to earn the love she seeks. She's tried to fill this emptiness with meaningless flings and attractions since she was 14 years old. Add to this that her mother hasn't been there for her for more than 10 years and Ivy is a broken person.

    Ivy's life is dependent upon her looks and her fading youth (which at 24 years of age is pretty sad). With her modeling career seemingly on the downturn - she has one last chance - modeling wedding dresses for her step-mother.

    But why Marilyn Olsen would want the living breathing proof of her husband's unfaithfulness modeling her wedding line is unfathomable to Ivy. With her career on the line she reluctantly agrees to leave New York for Greenbrier, South Carolina. But when she learns that the photographer for the shoot is her step-cousin Davis Knight she's convinced this is the end. After all Davis is a nobody maintenance man at the local church!

    But Davis had his own successes and career in fashion. But something happened, causing him to turn his back on a lucrative career and vowing to never to again pick-up his camera. But Aunt Marilyn convinces him do this one favor for her and for his sister Sara. And for Sara, Davis will do anything.

    Can these hurting people find the blessings that being broken has brought them? Or will they only see what their brokenness has cost them?

    A Broken Kind of Beautiful looks at the heart and the inner beauty of a life reborn and renewed in Christ. The statement about outer beauty being fleeting is explored. The emptiness of world acclaim can be overcome by coming into fellowship with the One who sees our true inner self.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Are you broken? Here's a dose of healing.
    July 13, 2014
    Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    By Andrea Renee Cox

    After reading Katie Ganshert's first two novels, I've come to expect brilliance in the form of broken characters struggling to discover a way to live life again. What took me by surprise in A Broken Kind of Beautiful was the new depth Katie found. Her characters weren't only broken; they'd been completely shattered like a dropped snow globe. Ivy Clark in particular was lost and desperate for everything that was wrong for her. The journey she had to take to climb out of the dark, cold cave was beautifully written and so true to life. Figuring out that you're broken and alone is sometimes the hardest, most frightening process, and Katie captured that with such raw vulnerability that I often found myself either breathless or in tears. Not many books have moved me so powerfully lately, but that might be because I could identify so much with the tagline of the book: "Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong." My own situation isn't nearly as bad as all that, but I did discover something along the way that changed my perspective on my life.

    Even though figuring out how broken and alone you are is so difficult, once you discover the God who can mend you and breathe new life into you_ there's no other feeling in the world like it, and there aren't enough words for me to describe the freeing joy that comes with it. There's not a safer, more comforting place to be than in God's arms. He's big enough and loving enough to take every shattered person and heal them until they're better than they were before. He loves us so much. If you haven't yet discovered His love, I hope you'll dive into His Word and find Him. He's calling you now. Won't you answer Him?

    "It took darkness to show me truth." Sara's words from chapter twenty-two couldn't be more true. As sinners, we live in darkness. It isn't until we realize how big we've messed up that we can appreciate and find the truth of God's love and sacrifice. It's books like A Broken Kind of Beautiful that remind me just how huge Jesus's dying on the cross was. He freely forgives our worst mistakes when we ask Him. He mops up and erases our biggest messes. His forgiveness and grace overwhelm me because I know I don't deserve them; no one does. That's why they're free gifts. There's nothing we can do to earn them. But if we ask for them with honest, humbled hearts, God gives them to us, adopting us into His family and assuring us eternal life on the other side of this mortal one we're living now. It is my prayer that you will discover the beauty in His gift. It's quite amazing to behold.

    About the book: A Broken Kind of Beautiful tells the story of Ivy Clark, an out-of-work fashion model who must go back home to a small town that holds her haunting past, and Davis Knight, a man who set aside his dream of being a fashion photographer to live a quiet life in that same small town. When they join forces to create multiple advertisements for a relative's wedding dress boutique, will they help each other heal from their broken pasts? Or will they continue to live with the shards of mistakes and regrets poking them at every decision? Will God's truth reveal that each of them is a broken kind of beautiful?

    Thank you to Blogging for Books, who provided this book to me for free in exchange for my honest review.
  3. DavidsMom
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring
    July 8, 2014
    DavidsMom
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    The description talks about a model. I was thinking it would be about modeling and wasn't really sure about it. Once you get in the story, it really hits at your heart. The words, "Redeemed" and "forgiven" really hit home. How often do we really forgive ourselves after God forgives us? How many times to we doubt our selfworth? Does that hurt God when we feel that way, when he says we are redeemed and precious? When God makes us a promise, do we hold onto the promise, even if it feels like it takes forever to get there_ these are all things that this book addresses in a good story form.

    I enjoyed this story from all the characters standpoints. This is a book that you walk away from remembering the life lessons that it teaches. I'm thankful for WaterbrookPress. The back of the book has a Readers Guide of 11 questions if you wanted to hold it in your book club.

    I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this HONEST review.
  4. girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fashionably late
    June 29, 2014
    girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ok, I'll admit it. I'm that person that _occasionally_..runs a little late. When arriving at parties it's socially acceptable to be "fashionable late", which I often am. However sometimes you might miss the best part of the party if you are too late. I have to say that I'm "late" in joining the party on those who have read and enjoyed A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert, and after reading this book, I feel like wow- I wish I would have read this one earlier it's filled with great characters, an interesting storyline and so much- "wow, that's so true" dialogue. So now that I am fashionably late to discovering this book, it does not diminish it's enjoyment or impact for me, this was a good one.

    The characters are as the book title suggest Broken and Beautiful- Ivy, an aging out supermodel - mind you she's about to hit the old age of 25- is a heroine unlike most you find in this genre, but there is something about her that you just really care about what happens to her. Her back story is a bit heartbreaking as the novel opens and she is at her estranged father's funeral. She is a young woman who just never quite felt loved and so with her beautiful outside she would seek it out in all the wrong places leading to relationships that meant nothing. Her walls were way up and no one ever really knew the real Ivy. In a last fitch effort to try and revive her career, her agent and uncle, get's her a shoot with her Stepmother Marilyn who happens to own a lovely little Bridal shop in Greenbrier South Carolina called Something New, which is a far cry from her usual stomping grounds in New York City. She is desperate though and out of work ,so off she goes to this job with her walls of armor up high and strong against anyone trying to get in. Next, we meet Davis Knight a former up and coming fashion photographer who had all the makings of skyrocketing to the top of the fashion industry, but left his big job in New York because of an accident to his sister that has filled him with guilt and a feeling that he should never pick up a camera again. However ,he does serve as the fashion photographer for Ivy's shoot as the proceeds are going to go to directly help his sister with an art program for her at a local college. He rediscovers his love for photography and his amazing talent shows through his work producing the best pictures Ivy has ever taken. In all of this a relationship starts to brew between the two, although not in the normal way that Ivy is used to having with a man.

    There are so many aspects to this novel that I absolutely loved- the power of forgiveness being one and the idea that God's forgiveness covers it all and all guilt can be laid down right at the foot of the cross. The pacing to this novel was flawless as we see the character of Ivy develop and grow- her journey from the beginning of the book to the end was one that pulled the reader in and by the end the tears were a flowing. I also loved the fact that the "hero" of the book had his issues to sort through as well. In a manner of speaking, "Miss Abandoned "meets "Mr Guilt-ridden" and because of who God is in their lives, they can find the love and the forgiveness they need through God to heal. And for those of you that are "fashionably late" like me to discovering this book- I truly hope that you will enjoy this as much as I did. This one goes on the favorites shelf and I look forward to reading more great books like this one from Katie Ganshert.

    5 stars

    I was graciously given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. debbiedeefisher
    comstock, NE
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 25, 2014
    debbiedeefisher
    comstock, NE
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved A Broken Kind of Beautiful, by Katie Ganshert. I have read other books by her and this one was just as beautiful. This story is about Ivy, a model, and Davis, a photographer, who both have broken lives and images of themselves. This story comes alive in such a way that they seem like real people.

    Katie Ganshert writes in such a way that you just can't put the book down. This story is about love and redemption and I highly recommend it.

    I received this book for free from Blogging For Books for this review.
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